I love Sultana Biscuits

My favourite cookies are most often called Sultana Biscuits.

In Vancouver you can find them in speciality Asian food stores.

Superstore no longer stocks them. Walmart no longer stocks them.

Update. Superstore in Calgary had them in the foreign food speciality aisle December 2018. 

You can buy Sultanas online from Amazon.com. But not Amazon.ca.

Waitrose in the U.K. sells exactly the same thing calling them garibaldi biscuits.

Tesco U.K., the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues, also sells garibaldi biscuits.



My brother’s NEW books

The big news is that Randy McCharles switched genres from Fantasy to Murder Mystery.

First up in his new series is a short story:

Murder on the Mall
Introducing Peter Galloway, Private Investigator

His first full Peter Galloway novel is Murder in Wood Buffalo. It’s only available on Kindle and Kobo. He’s self-publishing. Less hassle for him. Lower cost for readers.

It’s easy readying. Galloway is a likeable character. Funny. Looking for love.

He quit the Calgary police department because he couldn’t stomach murder. Now a private investigator — he’s called in to lead a murder investigation in Fort McMurray.

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

Book 6 is a disappointment: Too much Blomkvist. Not enough Salander.

The newest installment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series.

Lisbeth Salander—the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo—is determined to finally face the gravest threat in her life, her twin sister, Camilla. While Camilla lives, no one—including journalist Mikael Blomkvist—will be safe.

The other major plot thread involves intrigue on Mount Everest. I felt that storyline was poorly done. A hodgepodge of true stories from the mountain.

For one thing, the author refers to Freak Street in Kathmandu which hasn’t really been a thing since the 1970s. I assume he’s done his Nepal research on Wikipedia.


Click PLAY or watch a ‘book trailer’ on YouTube.

My first HURRICANE – Umberto

No problem for me.

But schools and Gymnastics clubs in Bermuda were closed for at least 2 days.

The Category 3 storm’s 120 mph winds left 80% of the island — more than 27,000 people — without power

Our power went out for about 14 hours. During peak winds in our home bunker, we played Mexican Train dominos.

Next morning we surveyed the damage. Some gas leaks, nine medical incidents and three structural fires. One roof blew off.

Bermuda rarely sees storms as big and powerful as Humberto. Only 21 hurricanes have passed within 100 miles of the Atlantic Ocean paradise over the past century …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The rail trail where I run is impassible due to fallen trees.

Carnival Row

Carnival Row is an American fantasy television series … that premiered on Amazon Prime August 2019. The series stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

The series was shot entirely in the Czech Republic throughout 108 shooting days.

On Rotten Tomatoes, Carnival Row has only a 55% approval.

“Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building—unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on to create anything cohesive.”

I agree with some of that.

Season 1 is a bit of a disappointment for me.

The racism theme FAR too heavy handed.

There are too many characters. Too many subplots.

But the acting is good. Special effects astonishing. Fantasy spectacle, intrigue, and sex all good.

It has potential. I’ll definitely watch season 2 hoping they can find a more focused plot.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The Moon and Sixpence by Maugham

The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham first published in April 15th, 1919.

It is told in episodic form by a first-person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist.

The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin.

I’ve long been a fan of Maugham who became the leading British author of his day by mocking traditional old, rich, white Brit literature starting with his first famous novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897).

Maugham is an excellent writer, of course. Very cynical with insights into the worst of humankind.

Strickland is the worst. All he cares about is art. Nothing else matters.

This is a great book which you won’t soon forget.


Portable SSD drives

Love ’em. 🙂

Currently I’m traveling with the Lexar® Professional SL100 Pro Portable SSD.

Don’t buy the Samsung version. One of mine was bricked, incompatible with the most recent Mac OS.

  • 500GB
  • USB 3.1 Type-C connects directly to my 2019 MacBook Pro
  • 70.5g / 0.155lbs plus cable

It’s tiny. Light. Durable. Perfect.

And I paid only CAD $100 at BestBuy in August 2019.

It replaces my Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB USB 3.1 at CAD $239.99 from Amazon.

A Samsung software update bricked my drive. There’s been no help getting that fixed.  #SamsungSUCKS